London singer-songwriter Holly Walker brings smart lyrics and exquisite vocals to Servant Jazz Quarters for a night of off-kilter pop.
Having written and sung Steal and Midas from Maribou State’s debut album (attracting 6 Music A list plus Lauren Laverne and Maida Vale live sessions); as well as latest single Nervous Tics from their second LP Kingdoms In Colour, on which NME said she ‘shines’, Walker has been writing and touring live with the group for the last few years. Appearances with the band include Glastonbury, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Sonar, Koko and their forthcoming sold-out show at London’s Roundhouse.
Meanwhile, Walker has been quietly amassing solo material – a groove-led collection of songs detailing ‘casual romance for the bored and selfish’, ‘internet rage’, or ‘that wet-yourself sensation that time’s running out and you haven’t won the game yet’. A ‘wry, light-footed’ lyricist (The Times) with ‘sultry and intoxicating’ vocals (The Guardian), she found her angle when she introduced a live rhythm section to the electronic productions she’d been working on with collaborators including North Downs (Dama Dama) and Royce Wood Junior (37 Adventures). The result is timely and perfectly distilled pop.
A soulful London artist, and a fast rising star, this is set to be a very special night of true talent.